Shanghai image via Shutterstock. Landing international buyers requires a long-term strategy

Landing international buyers requires a long-term strategy

Targeting international buyers is a strategic decision. Like all good investments, it costs something. You have to put in a grubstake of a certain amount of time, effort and money ......
By Andrew Taylor | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Hangzhou, China is one city where developers are offering discounts through "O2O" marketing channels. Photo credit:
Zhao jian kang / Shutterstock.com Century 21 China hawking homes on Alibaba's answer to Amazon.com

Century 21 China hawking homes on Alibaba's answer to Amazon.com

Century 21 China Real Estate subsidiary Shanggu is displaying property inventory on Alibaba Group’s Taobao.com, a Chinese shopping site similar to Amazon.com, the latest example of the growing reliance on “O2O” (online-to-offline) s...
By Inman News | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
International image via Shutterstock. Big US and UK brokerages jointly marketing luxury listings

Big US and UK brokerages jointly marketing luxury listings

Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Knight Frank Residential are teaming up to jointly market U.S. luxury listings to wealthy buyers around the world under a “global brand alliance.” The brokerages will share marketing resources for domest...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Why homes in Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico are showing up in Chicago's MLS

Recognizing that its member agents and brokers are not only selling to international buyers but representing listings in other countries, one of the nation’s biggest multiple listing services has streamlined the process for its members to enter, se...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Zameen.com screen shot Listing portal Zameen.com seizes the day as 3G comes to Pakistan

Listing portal Zameen.com seizes the day as 3G comes to Pakistan

The Pakistani listing portal Zameen.com has rolled out a listing search app for the iPhone. That wouldn’t be an earth-shattering achievement for a U.S. listing site, but it’s kind of a big deal in Pakistan. The country just auctio...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Beijing image via Shutterstock. Century 21 China closes more offices to stem losses

Century 21 China closes more offices to stem losses

Century 21 China Real Estate today reported a second-quarter net loss of $6.6 million as revenue fell 9.1 percent from the first quarter and 42 percent from a year ago, to $19.8 million. “Market conditions were more challenging than we ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Screen shot of marketing campaign for high-end real estate via  tooopen.com. Chinese 'house-aircraft carrier meme' explained

Chinese 'house-aircraft carrier meme' explained

A new fad among Chinese marketers — pairing images of aircraft carriers with whatever they’re hawking, be it office furniture, heavy industrial equipment, or apartment buildings and other real estate — is no cause for alarm, says Fo...
By Inman News | Friday, August 15, 2014
Century21ChinaRealEstate C21 China heads off delisting by New York Stock Exchange

C21 China heads off delisting by New York Stock Exchange

Century 21 China Real Estate says the New York Stock Exchange has accepted the company’s plan for continued listing on the exchange after its market capitalization dipped below the minimum required $50 million. IFM Investments Ltd. limited, whi...
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Sotheby's International Realty coming to India

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC will soon have presence in India, having signed an agreement with RealPro Infra Private Ltd. to develop the brand. RealPro Infra co-owner and CEO Amit Goyal will open the first North India Sotheby&#...
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Connect with the Indian marketplace next month in Kolkata

The National Association of Realtors-India is holding its sixth annual meeting Aug. 16-17 in Kolkata. While some of the scheduled programming might sound familiarly mind-numbing to American Realtors (“Standardization of Global Practice in Real ...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
International image via Shutterstock. NAR and ListHub partner to help Realtors grow their international business

NAR and ListHub partner to help Realtors grow their international business

The National Association of Realtors and Move Inc.’s listing distribution platform ListHub have partnered to help NAR members broadcast their listings overseas and participate in the rise of international investment in the U.S. housing market. &nbs...
By Inman News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
International image via Shutterstock. Chinese lead rise in US home sales to foreign buyers

Chinese lead rise in US home sales to foreign buyers

Sales of U.S. homes to foreign buyers rose to an estimated $92.2 billion last year — the highest sales volume in at least four years, according to an annual report from the National Association of Realtors. The rise was led ......
By Inman News | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Shanghai, China image via Shutterstock. Overseas property show expected to bring 30,000 visitors to Shanghai

Overseas property show expected to bring 30,000 visitors to Shanghai

A major Chinese overseas property and immigration show is expected to attract record numbers of foreign exhibitors, says the organizer. The 7th Shanghai Overseas Property & Immigration & Investment Exhibition (OPI) is being held in the Shanghai Everb...
By OPP Connect | Friday, June 27, 2014
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Hong Kong buyers pay in bitcoin for 2 London homes

An investment company says it is the first brokerage firm to accept bitcoin for London property. Richard Mathieson, managing director at Cai-Capital Ltd., in Gloucestershire, is helping two Hong Kong buyers purchase a £1 million home and a £750,000...
By OPP Connect | Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Screen shot of redesigned Juwai.com home page. Juwai.com brings feng shui to website design

Juwai.com brings feng shui to website design

Top Chinese language property website Juwai.com has redesigned its website -- by using feng shui principles. Juwai.com says its new site at www.juwai.com, which has just been launched, benefits from feng shui to make it even more effective and use...
By OPP Connect | Thursday, June 5, 2014
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International real estate could face 'onerous' anti-terrorism and money laundering regs

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) -- an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering and financing of terrorist groups -- is carrying out a sector-by-sector review, with updated guidance on how the real estate sector sh...
By OPP Connect | Friday, May 23, 2014
Berlin image via Shutterstock. A nation of renters is changing its tune

A nation of renters is changing its tune

Known as a nation of renters, only around 43 percent of those living in Germany own their property, but the number is slowly increasing. The Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (IW) has conducted a five-year analysis of all 402 counties and ci...
By OPP Connect | Friday, May 16, 2014
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Mortgage lenders warming up to international investors

Overseas property finance is in increasing demand, particularly from Asian investors, says a leading provider. Despite rising inquiries for foreign finance, some wealthy property investors, particularly from China and Russia, are able to pay in ca...
By OPP Connect | Thursday, May 8, 2014